University of the Highlands and Island’s researchers are experts in making oceanographic measurements in challenging high energy environments. Our measurements can be used to validate in-house numerical models at varying levels of resolution as and well as provide essential metocean data for marine renewable energy installations.
- Tidal resource assessment
- Wave climate assessment
- Device-environment interaction (e.g. turbulence and array effects)
- Weather windowing
- Wave forecasting
- Sensor deployment
- Historic and natural environment assessment
Stornoway - Lews Castle College UHI
Wave energy resource assessment; data acquisition; wave forecasting; sensor deployment in one of the most energetic areas of coastline in western Europe. Development of wave resource datasets for developers; characterisation of wave spectra and the development of analytical and computational models.
Thurso - Environmental Research Institute
Physical oceanography/modelling including tidal resource assessment and wave climate assessment; modelling turbulence and
array effects; climatology including weather windowing; wave-current interactions; and tidal current, wave, and offshore wind.
Orkney - Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology
Historic environment resource and impact assessment; marine and terrestrial geophysical survey; laser scanning; landscape survey and GIS, peat, palaeoenvironment and past climate change; energy developments and the historic environment; marine spatial planning.
Oban - Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS)
Physical oceanography and modelling across a variety of scales from tidal channels to continental shelves. SAMS specialises in robotic and autonomous sensing technology, and is home to the Scottish Marine Robotics Facility, which supports cutting-edge research programmes in the UK and internationally, in addition to providing valuable MetOcean survey, monitoring, and model validation services.